Gosforth Town Hall Meeting – member’s action

Here is Bill, a Gosforth resident, reporting on the Town Hall Meeting held on Thursday 27th November. Shown below, is the question he posed to the Councillors and audience. The public meeting had been called by Councillors of East and West Gosforth and Parklands wards to discuss ‘controversial’ issues. Over 200 people attended, and debated transport plans for Gosforth, including the High Street, Salter’s Road and Hollywood junctions, amongst more general aspects of mobility, accessibility, liveability and quality of life. I was extremely disappointed with the approach taken by the seven Gosforth Councillors present who were very much against improvements for cyclist and pedestrians. The latest round of consultation carried[…]

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Cycle advocacy group warns council about cyclists safety on Great North Road

Council plans for the Great North Road are flawed, an advocacy group, Newcycling, warns Newcastle City Council. The principle of the council plan to set aside dedicated space for cycling is sound but the detail of it will leave the cyclist stranded for safety when it’s most needed. Newcastle vows to become a Cycle City with 20% cycle modal share (currently 2%) by 2021. A year ago, the city was given nearly £6m by the DfT to upgrade their cycling infrastructure. However plans emerging from the council’s design desk contain mistakes putting cyclists at risk, and could deter new people[…]

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Warning over Great North Road plans

Our warning is about the details of Newcastle City Council’s plan for the section of the Great North Road from Hollywood Avenue junction to Broadway roundabout. As a cycle route is only as good as its weakest link, we are concerned about the council design, well meaning as it is, but it creates some new dangers and leaves them unaddressed. We hope that the illustrations we have now included will help to explain our concerns further. In the absence of functional communication channels, we’d still like to get to the bottom of council’s decision-making logic: we have requested to see[…]

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Gosforth High with real vision

Council are deliberating on the future for Gosforth High Street by looking at the hundreds of consultation responses they received. Here is what should have happened. You may recall, there were two options to pick from, and two options only. We understand that this was decided by the Cabinet member responsible, Cllr Ged Bell. Out of these we supported Option 2 – a two-way cycleway – A more innovative approach over the traditional share-the-road-with-buses proposal. Above all, we supported the principle of setting-aside of road-space for cycling. And we heavily caveated our response which you can read here. We do[…]

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Design and Planning – presentation to council

Katja presents at Newcastle City Council’s Cycle Forum. The presentation and its findings are based on our experience working with the Newcastle City Council’s councillors and officers since 2010. Good communication and a clear process are as important as leadership and technical expertise. Design and Planning, lessons learnt presentation to Newcastle City Council Cycle Forum from Katsdekker We outline six areas of improvement. 1. Political leadership (examples Sevilla, NYC) 2. Routes (approval pending) 3. Monitoring data (cycle use before and after, volume and speed of traffic to inform design) 4. Sustainable safety principles for road safety (user need, human psychology)[…]

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Gosforth High Street – a member’s action

A campaign member decided to take action and contacted us to discuss their idea. In the process a poster was designed and printed (attached below), and distributed to traders on Gosforth High Street. Here is a quick report from their experience and the data and feedback gathered. This is really useful information for us all and worth sharing! And looking at different parts of the plans separately seems a sensible thing to do too. The cycleway could be created whilst the Salters Road junction goes back to the drawing board and a “less 1960s motorway design” is found. I had[…]

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Gosforth High Street – your views

Following the publication of our view, and in no particular order, here is a selection of what some of you have said so far. More views added on 3 April 2014, go to 20 onwards. Keep writing. Every letter counts. Contact us with your questions. ###### 1 ###### Having just looked through the proposals for the redevelopment of Gosforth High St I would like to make my support known for the ‘Option 2’ plan, (the one with the two way cycle path). This is far superior to option one which is very poor and will likely not be very well[…]

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Gosforth High Street – our view

Yesterday, Newcastle City Council published two options for the future of Gosforth High Street. The third option would be to simply carry on and change nothing – but given the poor state of the high street’s public realm, its car dominance and people unfriendliness, it’s not a real option. Back to Option 1. It presents the usual ‘traditional’ road scheme with a token effort lobbed in for cycling: advisory cycle lanes ending at every bus stop (and there are many), thereby putting public transport and cycling in conflict – when both of these modes should be celebrated and catered for[…]

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